Volume 5, Number 3
The Revelation Of Palynology
A brief description of the science of palynology is given. The science is possible because the ornamentation and sculpture of the outer pollen wall or exine is remarkably durable. Palynologists have been able to assign microspores of Cenozoic and Mesozoic rocks to modern families, genera and even species. In the last fifteen years spores of vascular plants have been reported from the Cambrian. Axelrod reports over 60 Cambrian spore genera are now on record. Leclerq believes the finding of spores of woody plants already in the Cambrian raises the question of the polyphyletic origin of vascular plants. This is another way of saying that, as far back as we can trace geologically, plants are as distinct from one another as now. This certainly is strong evidence for an original creation of them as distinctive kinds.
Seed Germination, Sea Water,
And Plant Survival In The Great Flood
Seeds from the fruits of five different species and families of flowering plants were tested for germination after prolonged periods of soaking in sea water, fresh water, and mixed water baths. Seeds from three out of these five species germinated and grew after 140 days of soaking in each of the solutions mentioned.
The effect of the Genesis Flood upon seed plant life in general is discussed. Several means of plant survival both inside and outside the ark are evaluated. On the basis of present experiments and those of Charles Darwin, it is concluded that seeds from many plants may have resisted the direct contact of flood waters and germinated vigorously after the waters subsided from the surface of the earth. Several unanswered questions and areas for further study are enumerated.